• Pvt Zasheme Seargeant and Staff Sgt Alfie Harris assemble the machine gun on their M1 Abrams tank in preparation for the display at Torrance Armed Forces Days

    Getting Ready

    Pvt Zasheme Seargeant and Staff Sgt Alfie Harris assemble the machine gun on their M1 Abrams tank in preparation for the display at Torrance Armed Forces Days

  • Visitors wait for a chance to get an up-close look at the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank during Torrance Armed Forces Days

    Waiting for a Closer Look

    Visitors wait for a chance to get an up-close look at the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank during Torrance Armed Forces Days

  • Eric Hwang looks out of the drivers hatch on a M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank, at the display area for Torrance Armed Forces Days

    Up Close

    Eric Hwang looks out of the drivers hatch on a M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank, at the display area for Torrance Armed Forces Days

  • Jack and Ben Voight pose on top of a M88 Tank Recovery Vehicle at the display area for Torrance Armed Forces Days

    Standing Tall

    Jack and Ben Voight pose on top of a M88 Tank Recovery Vehicle at the display area for Torrance Armed Forces Days

  • Visitors to Torrance Armed Forces Day get an up close look at some of the spiders on display at the Fort Irwin Department of Public Works booth.

    Spiders and Snakes

    Visitors to Torrance Armed Forces Day get an up close look at some of the spiders on display at the Fort Irwin Department of Public Works booth.

  • Mike Dazile-White and Eric Kerr from the Ft Irwin DWP explain air sampling systems used on the installation to visitors at the TAFD exhibit area

    Clearing the Air

    Mike Dazile-White and Eric Kerr from the Ft Irwin DWP explain air sampling systems used on the installation to visitors at the TAFD exhibit area

  • New recruits work on team building during the pre-parade barbecue before the Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade.

    Team Work

    New recruits work on team building during the pre-parade barbecue before the Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade.

  • Sgt Kyle White meets Army recruiters during the pre-parade activities at the Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade.

    Sgt Kyle White Meets Recruiters

    Sgt Kyle White meets Army recruiters during the pre-parade activities at the Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade.

  • Sgt Kyle White poses with Soldiers from the Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion, and new enlistees during pre-parade activities at the Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade

    The Army's Newest Soldiers

    Sgt Kyle White poses with Soldiers from the Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion, and new enlistees during pre-parade activities at the Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade

  • Col Johnathan Braga, Garrison Commander, the National Training Center and Fort Irwin waves to the crowds at the Torrance Armed Forces Days Parade

    Col Johnathan Braga

    Col Johnathan Braga, Garrison Commander, the National Training Center and Fort Irwin waves to the crowds at the Torrance Armed Forces Days Parade

  • Sgt Kyle White waves to the crowds during the 55th Torrance Armed Forces Days Parade.

    Sgt Kyle White

    Sgt Kyle White waves to the crowds during the 55th Torrance Armed Forces Days Parade.

  • Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge administers the oath of enlistment to over 800 new recruits during the Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade

    Taking the Oath

    Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge administers the oath of enlistment to over 800 new recruits during the Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade

  • Soldiers from the 11th ACR drive a M1 Abrams tank down Torrance Blvd during the Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade

    M1 Tank Drives Down Torrance Blvd

    Soldiers from the 11th ACR drive a M1 Abrams tank down Torrance Blvd during the Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade

  • Soldiers from the 11th ACR wave to the crowd as they drive in the Torrance Armed Forces Day parade

    Tank Recovery Vehicle Drives Down Torrance Blvd.

    Soldiers from the 11th ACR wave to the crowd as they drive in the Torrance Armed Forces Day parade

  • Soldiers from the 11th ACR drive a Bradley Fighting Vehicle in the 55th Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade

    Bradley Fighting Vehicle Drives Down Torrance Blvd

    Soldiers from the 11th ACR drive a Bradley Fighting Vehicle in the 55th Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade

  • Veterans of WWII ride in a vintage military vehicle in the Torrance Armed Forces Days

    WWII Vets

    Veterans of WWII ride in a vintage military vehicle in the Torrance Armed Forces Days

Torrance, Calif -- The City of Torrance paid tribute to the five branches of the military during the 55th Annual Torrance Armed Forces Days Celebration, May 16-18. This year the honored service was the US Navy.
The 2014 parade Grand Marshal was Rear Adm. Patrick J. Lorge, commander Navy Region Southwest. Major (ret) Patrick C. G. Coulter, US Marine Corp, served as the Honorary Grand Marshal.
Also featured in this year's parade was Sgt. Kyle White, who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in combat in Afghanistan. White was awarded the nation's highest honor for valor by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony Tuesday.
The City of Torrance is designated by the U.S. Department of Defense to host an Armed Forces Day celebration with the Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade as a highlight. The Parade has the distinction of being the nation's longest running military parade sponsored by any city.
The celebration began on May 16 with the opening of displays from all five branches at the Del Amo Fashion Plaza.
"The kids really seem to have fun," said Staff Sgt. Alfie Harris. "And I'm amazed by the public support."
Harris, a tank commander in the 2/11th Armored Calvary Regiment from Fort Irwin, CA, spoke while his crew showed off their M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank to the public.
Kris Voight, from Hermosa Beach, brought his two young sons to visit the displays on Sunday. Voight said this was not the first time he brought his boys, Jake and Ben to see the display area. "I think people really enjoy seeing this," Voight said.
The 2015 celebration will take place May 15-17. The honored service will be the US Coast Guard.

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